©1997 Susan Butler; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Certainly the single best book that we now have on Earhart's life....Earhart comes into sharper, more realistic focus through Butler's lens." (Washington Post)
"Filled with wonderful details about Earhart's glamorous lifestyle and the wild, dangerous world of early aviators....the still enthralling figure of the aviator...powerfully come[s] through." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The reader closes East to the Dawn with the lingering realization of how truly contemporary Amelia Earhart remains and with a new understanding of the love and admiration she earned from colleagues and the public at large....her insistence on being her own person while fighting for causes larger than herself continue to command our respect and fuel our dreams." (Los Angeles Times)
Overall the story was good, but I was more interested in her last world journey. It maybe better for others. It is interesting the way they categorized her initial Atlantic crossing as she didn't fly that time, but made up for it by doing so later. She was a very courageous women to take on those challenges with little real navigation equipment. The hardest leg was that one flight where they were lost. Trying to find an island in the middle of the Pacific. If that radio worked properly then in my opinion she would have made it. She is a great example to mankind. My main issue with the book was the narration was too dry. I have heard Anna Field in the Rape of Nanking and she was great in that but she lost me in this one.
I bought this audiobook because I wanted something interesting for my commute. I got it in this bio. It's very very detailed (who knew that Amelia went to school in Philly?! I didn't!) and recounts her entire family - sisters, cousins, parents and all the issues that come with them. My first thought was, "Why are you telling me about these people? Why should I care?"
The reason is this: by learning about Amelia's origins and formative years, you learn why she became the woman she was.
We all know the end - her plane was lost near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. But the author very nicely fills in the blanks.
Finding out 'the rest' just makes her disappearance all the more heartbreaking.
A must-read for anyone interested in stories of influential women, history or aviation.
Which malfunctioned in the middle and would not let me finish blah blah blah can't even submit a realistic review
Wonderfully researched biography. Outstanding narration. I feel I have vicariously lived a piece of exciting history that I previously knew little about. I am going a second round to be further inspired by Amelia and the other women flyers of her time. Should be required reading/listening for girls and young women!
An interesting read but the author spends the first half describing how our heroine lies, cheats, misrepresents herself to get jobs, positions that she does not deserve, e.g., three months at a university that offers an engineering degree justifies putting engineer BSEE on her resume.
Lying to get a position she did not deserve, parlays that into meeting influential and wealthy people just so she can claim to be the first woman across the Atlantic while she sat on a pile of gas cans behind the pilot and co-pilot to get a female version of Charles Lindberghs;s recognition is ludicrous.
The author finishes up with an unabashed glorification of how streets, towns and even airports were named after her. I guess the message is marry money; throw in a big dash of deception to get what you want is OK.
Other than that it is an easy read.
Clearly the author did her research but instead of choosing what to put into the story to make it interesting she put in what seems like every detail anyone ever shared with her about Amelia and her family. And she says over and over 'and even 70 - or 60 or whatever - years later' this person 'still remembers" what ever tiny detail "about Amelia." Often she sites a detail I can remember about people I knew as a child that were NOT famous 15 years after we played together. The narrator seems bored, poor inflection and poor flow in reading the story. Tired to get through more than a few hours, then had to ask myself, why? And stopped it right there.
This author did NOT leave out any detail... talk about OVERKILL!!! INFORMATION OVERLOAD. This book could have done without 75% of the writing that the author seemed to somehow feel made a difference in the telling of this story. It made a difference all right... One cannot wait to check this book back into the libary... mundane minutiae!!!!!
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